The Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) works to promote harbors and development for the yachting industry in Taiwan. As part of these efforts, and following on from the completion of the Comprehensive Evaluation Program for Taiwan's Yacht Harbors and then the Planning and Design Reference Manual for Yacht Pier Facilities, the new installment, the Yacht Harbor Management Reference Manual, is already hot off the MPB presses. With the results of these three different studies, there is now an initial reference blueprint for yacht harbor development and operational management units to use in building, operating and managing their harbors.
The MPB notes that in September 2016, the Comprehensive Evaluation Program for Taiwan's Yacht Harbors was completed. Based on the developmental status of harbors' conditions, onshore extents and surrounding recreational activities, the Program designated three classes of yacht harbors: Class 1, "Comprehensive Yacht Marinas and Vacation Hotels"; Class 2, "Yacht Marinas and Service Centers"; and Class 3, "Simple Yacht Marinas". The Program also selected locations for harbors in the north, central, southern and outlying island regions. The Planning and Design Reference Manual for Yacht Pier Facilities, finished in December of the same year, acts as a reference for development and construction of yacht harbors.
In order to help Taiwan yacht harbor operational management and the Comprehensive Evaluation Program be connected, the MPB commissioned the Ship and Ocean Industries R&D Center to perform research for the Yacht Harbor Management Reference Manual. During the research period, in addition to collecting case studies of domestic and foreign yacht operations management, there was also a broad call for relevant yacht marina development and management businesses to provide comment. The final report was finished in December, 2017. It is divided into six major areas of Taiwan's yacht harbor operational management, including operational business management; hardware & facilities management; occupational safety management; customer service management; risk estimation management; and environmental protection management. A further 42 specific areas explain the key factors in operational management, point by point. Copies of the Reference Manual have already been delivered to relevant agencies (organizations) and units for their reference.
The MPB notes, it is hoped the Yacht Harbor Management Reference Manual can serve act as a foundation of harbor management for Taiwan's yacht industry. By creating a relevant industrial economic circle, this will provide the people of Taiwan with better recreational options. People interested in yacht harbor operations and management can visit the Maritime and Port Bureau, MOTC website (https://www.motcmpb.gov.tw/information_391_13457.html) to download and view the complete Manual.